Sonic Mega Collection
Score: 8.2 / 10
are two extremely famous console “mascots” that have appeared in the
history of video games. These two mascots were popular game characters
that became system-selling icons. Mario, of course, is the most famous
console mascot, having helped identify and turn Nintendo into an
industry powerhouse. But trailing right behind the Koopa-thumping
plumber is none other than Sega’s Sonic. The blue hedgehog’s first
title, Sonic the Hedgehog, put Sega fixedly on the video game map with
its Sega Genesis, and for a short time near the end of the 16-bit era of
gaming, helped push Sega past Nintendo as the top-selling home console.
doubt about it, the first Sonic the Hedgehog game made a big impact on
the video game world. It’s still a classic today. Many like me have
fond memories of the original Sonic game and its sequels. Sega gives
gamers the chance to revisit their Sonic memories with Sonic Mega
Collection on the GameCube, a collection (minus one) of the greatest
Sonic games of the 16 and 32-bit era.
Mega Collection brings together seven of our Hedgehog hero’s best
games (with a few hidden non-Sonic titles) on one CD, and thankfully the
fun that was had playing a Sonic game remains firmly intact in this
great collection. Here are the games you can play: Sonic the Hedgehog 1,
2, and 3; Sonic and Knuckles; Sonic 3D Blast; Sonic Spinball; and Dr.
Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine. (One note on the Tetris-clone Dr.
Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, which I never played when it first
arrived: this game is hard! It’s probably the most challenging title
included in the Mega Collection. I had all kinds of troubles getting
past just even the second level enemy.
included are some bonuses, like the history of the Sonic franchise, game
movies, and a look at covers of the Sonic line of comic books. Almost
everything you could possibly want to know about Sonic can be found in
this great collection.
A tribute to the early Sonic games is that they have aged remarkably well, in both their looks and their gameplay. The games in this GameCube reincarnation seem to have just a burst of extra visual shine. Having one of the better-looking
platform games to work with
didn’t hurt Sega make Sonic Mega Collection an overall excellent
graphic presentation. The catchy game music that a lot of us know by
heart is perfectly reproduced too, along with all the sound effects that
are native to the Sonic realm.
also did a great job mapping a control scheme onto the GameCube’s
controller. Of course, there wasn’t much to control in Sonic games
except jumping and speed dashing, so that made the task a lot easier.
Going along with tight controls is the same fun gameplay that is a
trademark of a Sonic game. Okay, so the story of a blue hedgehog that
has to defeat an evil mad robot-o-doctor while collecting golden rings
and rescuing trapped animals is a little bizarre, but the action of
dashing at sonic-boom speed through large and loopy level after large
and loopy level still remains an entertaining gaming romp.
disappointment for me was not having the Sonic CD. I’ve never played
that game, and in light of the fact that it’s considered one of
Sonic’s best adventures if not the best, I would have liked to see it
included. Compounding that yearning even more is the inclusion of both
the introduction and ending movies for Sonic CD. My guess is that there
was only so much gaming that could be packed onto the Sonic Mega
Collection CD and there just wasn’t room enough for it. But I would
have gladly given up some of the other “bonus” titles and materials
for a shot at playing Sonic CD.
only other complaint is that some of the games are initially locked
until you play enough to unlock them. I know Sega was probably trying to
give gamers a “goal” to attain new games, but I can’t recollect
any other similar collection-type games that make you unlock some of the
included titles instead of having instant access to them right away.
fans of Sonic that own a GameCube will want to get a hold of Sonic Mega
Collection. It’s the perfect melding of classic old-school gaming on
the newest generation of video gaming consoles. If you were too young to
remember the original Sonic games and have an appreciation of the early
years of console gaming, this is the perfect opportunity to get an
enjoyable introduction to the speedy blue hedgehog.
(March 22, 2003)
(March 22, 2003)
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